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Kind of Black

by The Casualties of Jazz

The critically acclaimed funky, rare-groove salute to Black Sabbath. A must-have for Hammond B3 fans.
Genre: Jazz: Acid Jazz
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Album Notes
The Casualties of Jazz met up on the west coast while working with other touring and recording acts. The trio got their name from their two-year stint playing Monday night "casuals" at a beloved local bar in Burbank, California. The rhythm section, Chris Golden and Jimmy Paxson jr. , were performing on Rod Stewart's Great American Songbook Vol. II when they met J.J. Blair, who was engineering the session. It was during these sessions that the concept for this record was realized. The third member of their trio, Matt Rohde, was recruited to play Hammond organ for the project.

Matt Rohde (Hammond organ): Matt began playing piano at age seven, and his love for music and desire to perform was fueled by rockstars of the 1970s, such as Ted Nugent, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, the Eagles and others. He is a graduate of Berklee College for Music. After spending time in Boston, Minneapolis and Atlanta, he eventually moved to Los Angeles in 1997. He has either recorded or performed live with a host of world famous artists, including Jane's Addiction, Maxwell, Alanis Morisette, J Lo, Kelly Clarkson, Isaac Hayes, Roger Daltrey, Gary Wright, Ricky Martin, Christina Aguilera, as well as dozens more well known artists.

Chris Golden (upright bass): Chris grew up in Eugene, Oregon where he began playing bass at age eleven. He later attended Berklee College of Music to study electric and acoustic bass performance as well as Jazz composition. Chris now lives in Los Angeles, California where he has had the pleasure of recording or performing with notable acts such as Rod Stewart, Brian Auger, Exzibit and Mick Fleetwood.

Jimmy Paxson jr. (drums): Jimmy has jazz in his blood; the son of two accomplished Philadelphia jazz musicians Jim R. and Sunnie Paxson. Even though he was accepted at Julliard by age eleven, it is his years studying in Los Angeles under the tutelage of the late, great Murray Spivack that best honed his skill and style. Jimmy's recording and touring credits include Alanis Morissette, Rod Stewart, Steve Vai, Ronnie Montrose, Robben Ford, Zohar(uk) and Glen Hughes.

J.J. Blair (producer): A native of Chicago, J.J. is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, record producer and engineer, who has been based in Los Angeles since 1990. His expertise in numerous genres of music combined with his extensive knowledge of recording techniques have allowed him to work as a producer and/or engineer with a diverse array of artists, including Weezer, Rod Stewart, Unwritten Law, Ryan Adams, Black Eyed Peas, Vonda Sheppard and others, as well as recording a #1 single for P. Diddy and producing a GRAMMY™ award winning CD for June Carter Cash. J.J. conceived the idea for Kind of Black, produced, engineered, mixed and co-arranged all the material at his studio, Fox Force Five Recorders in Hollywood.



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John Kent

Could not stop moving to this groovy music
First heard this album at a gig before the bands started playing, they took a while to get on stage so got more than just one listen... and I was hooked. Since getting the CD, the most notable thing was playing it in the background and trying to read at the same time, I say trying as I just could not stop moving to this groovy music. Black Sabbath meets Jazz - match made in heaven!

Eddie Cleland

What a great take on some great music by some great musicains
First of all what a great idea! The earliest heavy metal redone in a jazz vane. Second, how well created! If your a fan of music period. You should own this!


A Must for Intelligent Sabbath Lovers!
I heard this CD in a bar and I had to have it. Simply put, if you are a Sabbath fan, or you think you are, you MUST get this CD. Although this is a cover CD by jazz musicians, the origional integrity and power of the Sabbath tracks are not lost; if anything, the Sabbath feel transcends the jazz trio. And the choice of a Hammond organ...awsome. Try playing this CD for friends and see how long it takes them to recognize the tunes, hopefully, it won't be long! Enjoy!

kerry gluckman

I hadn't realized how great the tunes were
When I was in high school I was into Chick Corea and Mahavishnu and looked down my nose at the likes of Black Sabbath. After listening to this CD about 10 times I have to admit I was off the mark. The tunes which I dismissed way back when, stand out as strong and compelling compositions and the playing is excellent,(not wimpy at all). In fact I like the tunes more without Ozzy wailing his incoherent gibberish. I highly recommend this cd for Sabbath fans and jazzers alike!


Black Sabbath gets B3 groovejazz trio treatment: delightful!
This is a trio consisting of acoustic upright bass, drum set, and the infamous Hammond B3 organ. The album is renditions of Black Sabbath material in groovejazz and lounge style. Very good album, I only gave it four stars because it is only about 80% groove with the rest being the kind of music that really would only appeal to jazz enthusiasts. Also, given the formidable power inherent in the revered B3 organ, I felt that he should have made it scream a bit more, in the spirit of Sabbath. His organ purrs, surges, and splashes briefly but little outright bloody wailing like the instrument is famously capable of. Nevertheless, a highly recommended album for fans of jazz, rock, jam and groove. Not so sure if the straight-up metal heads would dig it though.

Orion Gallagher

I LOVE this CD and have been sharing it with all my friends! I was hooked from the first sampling I heard off the myspace account!

Paul Sonnenberg

Great concept, great recording, great performances!
This CD is a real treat for anyone who's loved this music but whose taste has grown beyond the genre. The group has fully integrated the glory of the originals and taken them to new heights. "Progressive" is a word overused, but it applies here. A real tribute to the creative spirit of the original work.

Zero The Hero

Sabbath Tribute with Organs and Stand up Bass
This CD is hard to find, better buy it now that you can. It is aggravating that the artists don't add more music to the CD. It only has 9 songs, why not just throw some more in there, it's not like they have to spend a lot of time thinking up the songs. At least they made each song long and juicy.
All the songs are played with organs and a stand up bass. The musicians are very good. The recording is analog but it didn't take away from the quality of the music. The Sabbath spirit and escence is there. Very relaxing and awesome for background music. Mostly for an older mature crowd in their 30's. I really like it. You can tell the artists really enjoyed the project and didn't do it for a quick buck. The songs are not butchered. At first you'll think it's weird but you really will be addicted to the CD once you listen to it a few times. Buy it, seriously.

Steven G

Awesome idea!......very true to the Sabbath originals!
I agree that this is a must have for fans of funk/jazz/groove/blues/ or Black Sabbath. Its pretty tough not to enjoy this cd. I think the instrumentation is perfect! I would love hear more....Electric Funeral, Hand of Doom, Sabotage, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath? Lets call it volume 2?


Oh Yeah...
Sabbath never sounded so sweet! This isn't your typical band covering classics with a twist, this is class A artists paying homage in most tasteful way. Rock solid!
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